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AU: Counterfeit food threatens Australia’s international reputation

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ABC Radio National: Anyone who’s holidayed abroad knows about the profligacy of pirated DVDs and counterfeit handbags, but counterfeit food is now one of the biggest challenges facing Australian primary producers.

Australian food producers and exporters are calling on the federal government to do more to protect the nation’s clean, green image against a rising tide of counterfeiting.

Unscrupulous foreign operators are taking advantage of Australia’s reputation for quality food by counterfeiting labels and packaging to sell their own inferior and potentially unsafe product in international markets.

Read the full article at ABC Radio National

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